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Updated Dec 15, 2014
Updated Dec 15, 2014
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  1.  

    Transaction Services Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    Very relaxed environment. Interview tries to make you feel comfortable to get to know you better in a non pressure environment. Interviewed with the partner of the group I would be working while on college campus.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Manager - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was pretty generic. One phone interview followed by a in person interview. I had 3 rounds of back-to-back interview. The interview process was good and the panel was very interactive.

    The nightmare started after the interviews when I was waiting for the decision. One week after the interview I received the call that all liked my profile and they would potentially make any offer. The decision was to be taken after discussions with the partner. I waited for 3 weeks but there was no communication. I emailed/ called the recruiting coordinator and she replied that she has no clue on the decision. I followed again with emails/ phone calls but there was no response. After another week of wait I received an email to my follow-up that the recruiting manager will call. Again the wait translated to another 2 weeks of anticipation. I again approached out with a follow up email and finally the recruiter called and shared that the decision to not make an offer.

    The real issue was the rationale that she gave for the decline contradicted with what she had shared in our 1 week after the interview discussion. Overall my experience was horrible with the recruiting team. The team didn't care to respect my time and took the liberty to prolong the decision. I would not recommend the firm based on my bitter experience with the recruiting team. For a consulting company this timeline is totally not acceptable.

    Interview Questions
    • Questions were around experience in the industry, type of projects, functional expertise.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Risk Assurance Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Apply through campus recruiting and heard back in one week. Had a pre interview social night and met interviewer before the interview. The first interview was with the supervisor of the team.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and was quickly contacted by HR. After passing through the HR round (via phone) and a hiring manager round (via phone b/c she was located in a different city), I waited for a while. Finally, I heard from HR that I would be flown in for a final round of interviews. No explanation was given for why the interview would be done outside of the city I lived in and for which there were hiring.

    The position proved to not be a fit for either side. The interviewers were pleasant with the exception of the partner, who was probably the worst person with whom I've ever interacted professionally. This may have been his attempt at a "stress test" but I think it was predominantly just an arrogant personality. I asked what I considered to be thoughtful, informed questions but he was unable to answer them with any clarity or coherence.

    Interview Questions
    • Partner was deliberately rude. I was unsure if he was trying to test me or was simply exceedingly arrogant.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Tax Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    They grilled me about my grades. It was frustrating and insulting. Even if they love you at the interviews and events it's all about numbers to them at the end of the day.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me a time you had to handle a difficult situation what did you do   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Advisory Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    There will be three interviews in a row, but none of them are exceptionally harsh. Mine took me about two hour. Case study throw people off their feet. It's might be easy for those who have previous relative experience. The interview schedule was uneasy for full credit student, especially if you have to fly over in a weekday.

    No Offer
  8.  

    Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dallas, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    The entire process was well-structured and they relayed information well. Applied through my university and got an invitation for an on-campus 1-on-1 interview, with a Top Golf Pre-Interview networking event the night before my Friday interview. Received an email the following Monday saying I got an office visit for that coming Friday. The interview consisted of 2 behaviorals and 1 case interview, for which you were given the case beforehand. Nothing too unexpected.

    Interview Questions
    • In what ways do you keep up with the latest news and business trends and tell me about a couple interesting articles/events you have read about recently.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Associate - Advisory Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    -1st interview: One hour telephone interview (Behavioral)
    -2nd interview: A half day interview at one of their offices. This step entails both behavioral questions and case interviews. In fact, I was asked to build a PowerPoint slide and present it to one of the directors.
    Overall, every one was very nice and receptive.

    Interview Questions
    • Did not expect the PowerPoint presentation would be that scrutinized.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Tax Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    just had an over the phone interview...was very casual. Interviewer just spoke about company/position and asked if I plan on getting a cpa license/masters.Just make sure to ask questions about the firm and show interest in the position.

    Interview Questions
    • This was a very casual interview,that being said there were no behavioral questions or any questions you would expect to hear at an interview.Show interest in the position and you're good to go.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Risk Assurance Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at PwC.

    Interview Details

    I applied through the campus recruiting process:
    -Submitted resume and cover letter through campus recruiting system
    -Invited for on campus interview about 2 weeks later

    ON CAMPUS INTERVIEW:
    -45 minute session with a Manager
    -Relatively casual, some behavioral questions, some chit-chat
    ("Tell me about yourself", "Tell me about a time when you were leading a team that had low morale and how you handled it")

    -About a week later, received an email inviting me to the office visit (final round of interviews). They provided 2 date options, which were 2 and 4 weeks from the date I received the email, respectively (both were a Thursday evening and all day Friday)

    OFFICE VISIT / FINAL ROUND of INTERVIEWS:
    -Thursday night is dinner at a restaurant near the office. We sat at round tables of 6 people grouped by function (Audit, Tax, Risk Assurance). 3 candidates and 3 PwC people - one partner, one manager, and one senior staff - per table. The dinner is purely conversational and getting to know personalities (both PwC getting to know your personality, and you getting to know PwC)
    -Friday day is an all-day event (8 am to 3 pm)
    -When you arrive in the office Friday, you are greeted by a host, who is a current staff / the same position you will be hired into. This person will walk you around the office and to your interviews. They will also take you to lunch. This is a great opportunity to get to better know the people you will potentially be working with.
    -The host takes you to an area where you will have breakfast and chat (all candidates and their hosts are just in a big conference room chatting)
    -Then after about 30 minutes, a panel starts where a PwC partner, managers, and staff (we had 4 people total) answer questions about PwC and their experience in general
    -Interviews begin after the panel
    -3 Interviews total: 2 with managers, 1 with a partner
    -Interviews were very conversational where they are just trying to get to know you. Had a few behavioral questions, but nothing too crazy. Interviews were 45 minutes each.
    -After interviews, you went to lunch with your host. Lunch is solely candidates and hosts, all of whom are current staff (so no managers, no partners). This is much more of a "getting to know you" exercise
    -Apparently the managers / partners meet directly following interviews (while candidates are at lunch) to evaluate
    -After lunch, there is an office tour where you are shown the entire office and learn about PwC benefits, etc.
    -Finally, there is a "Why PwC" session, where 2 partners share their thoughts on why candidates should choose PwC
    -We were told we would hear back in 2 weeks

    When I wrote my thank you notes that afternoon, I received a response from the partner informing me she would be calling me the next day.
    Saturday morning (the next day), I received a call from the partner informing me they would like to extend me an offer.

    A few days later, I received an email with the formal offer.

    Overall, I really enjoyed the interview process. The focus on conversation (as opposed to strict evaluation) was refreshing and welcoming.

    Interview Questions
    • I received one question that seemed out of the blue and difficult to answer: "Tell me about a time, outside of your school experience and current company, where you had to quickly and fully understand a business / industry in order to accomplish a task or goal"

      I understand where the interviewer was going with this (in this type of consulting-based role and environment, to be successful you must be able to go into various client situations in which you may not understand the industry or business, study-up, and figure it out in order to ensure a successful project). But as a campus recruit, I did not have a lot of experience outside of school or my current work experience to answer the question.
       
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    Negotiation Details
    There is little negotiation with campus recruiting.
    I, however, am a Master's student with 2.5 years of relevant work experience. I informed the partner that I was concerned with starting salary, and PwC decided to instead bring me on as an experienced hire. There was more room for negotiation here, but PwC and similar firms have strict salary bands for certain roles.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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